Washington Sanctions Belavia Airlines & Its CRJ–200ER

Washington Sanctions Belavia Airlines & Its CRJ--200ER
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The U.S. Department of the Treasury in Washington has sanctioned Belavia Airlines and one of its CRJ-200ER aircraft: EW-301PJ.

Such sanctioning comes following previous decisions made by the U.S. to prohibit ticket sales and interline passage with the United States following an instruction made by the carrier to its employees not to protest against the fraudulent election.

Without further ado, let’s get into it…

Washington Sanctions Belavia Airlines & EW-301PJ…

Washington Sanctions Belavia Airlines & Its CRJ--200ER
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Washington has sanctioned Belavia Airlines and EW-301PJ, a CRJ-200ER known for transporting high-ranking officials and family members of Alyaksandr Lukashenka.

As per data from Planespotters.net, the aircraft is 17.8 years old at the time of writing, having been originally delivered to Chartright Air back in June 2007.

The jet remained with the Canadian carrier until October 2010, when it was handed over to the Belarus Government, with it being operated by Belavia.

On top of the sanctioning of the airline, Washington has also sanctioned the Open Join Stock Company Minsk Civil Aviation Plant 407.

This is because the plant was highlighted via a meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Lukashenka as a key facility for Belarusian production to meet the civil and military aircraft demand for Russian production.

Other companies and high-profile figures were also sanctioned in this announcement made by the treasury.

All About Disrupting Operations…

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Commenting on the decision to sanction Belavia Airlines and other entities was Brian Nelson, the Under Secretary of the Treasury for Terrorism & Financial Intelligence:

“Today’s actions disrupt the state-owned enterprises and key government officials the authoritarian Lukashenka regime relies on to generate substantial revenue to support its fiercely undemocratic and repressive policies”.

“In line with our partners and Allies, we will continue to ensure that the regime pays a price for its abysmal treatment of its own citizens and that our measures in response to Russia’s aggression cannot be circumvented through Belarus.”

Through the links and agreements Russia & Belarus has made with the likes of China and Iran, these sanctions may not be as effective, but they will definitely apply some level of pressure in the production of aircraft, but also on the operation of Belavia as a whole.

Washington stands by to see what happens next.

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